Facebook — the ubiquitous social network — is determined to connect the entire population of the world to the internet. For remote areas, where traditional infrastructure isn’t possible, Facebook designed Aquila.
“When complete, Aquila will be able to circle a region up to 60 miles in diameter, beaming connectivity down from an altitude of more than 60,000 feet using laser communications and millimeter wave systems,” said Jay Parikh, Facebook’s Global Head of Engineering and Infrastructure. “Aquila is designed to be hyper efficient, so it can fly for up to three months at a time.” [Read more…]
Soloy Aviation Solutions was one of the sponsors of a July 12 record-setting non- stop fuel efficiency flight of 848 nautical miles that lasted over nine hours and burned a mere 56 gallons of fuel.
The aircraft used to achieve the flight was a Cessna 182 Skylane that featured an SMA SR305-230 compression ignition (diesel) engine powered by a 50-50 blend of biofuel comprised of Camelina plant seed oil with petroleum Jet-A fuel. [Read more…]
BEND, Ore. — Epic Aircraft has successfully launched its inaugural Epic Odyssey World Tour, an around-the-world journey traversing nine countries and 20 cities in 21 days, covering 15,000 nautical miles in 50 flight hours.
A 26-person team comprising Epic owners, Epic Aircraft staff, pilots, guests, and photographers arrived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 6 in six Epic aircraft to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. [Read more…]
SAN FRANCISCO — LAM Aviation has introduced a new wing flight control system.
According to company officials, the LAM Aero System (LAS) is based on a novel approach to using aileron and flap panels that exploits new interactions between the panels, while uncoupling the traditional interdependent sizing relationship between ailerons and flaps. The resulting configurations limit loss of control and stall/spin departure by allowing a smaller wing to produce more lift, while also improving roll control at slow speeds, officials say. [Read more…]
Cessna has recently received certification for hard point provisions for the Cessna Grand Caravan EX.
These hard points give owners additional mission capabilities, such as extended range with additional fuel tanks, increased cargo space, agricultural operations and the ability to configure the aircraft for missions that require armament, company officials explained. [Read more…]